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IMTT CAR #1 (C itizen A ctive shooter R esponse 1)

Monte Gould of IMTT is looking to put this class on in Ridgecrest in the early spring. We are checking the interest level right now. If you would be interested in taking this class, drop me an email at eriksimtt@gmail.com

IMTT CAR #1 (C itizen A ctive shooter R esponse 1)

All participants will be strictly vetted and must possess a current “Concealed Weapon Permit” issued from any of the fifty states and or our alumni past clients. No walk-ins will be accepted or authorized. We reserve the right to refuse business to anyone, for any reason, without explanation.

Max student capacity is 15 fully paid persons (first come first serve!)

General: This course is focused toward the on scene citizen, who is in the legal possession of a firearm during an “active shooter” event; in order to mitigate, terminate and control this threat in the shortest possible time frame.

Objective: inform the citizen of available courses of action, how to select these under high levels of stress with the goals of a successful outcome, saving as many lives as possible and themselves. The student will know basic methods of entry, how to seize control, while dominating the affected area as quickly as possible. The student will demonstrate differing strategies, methodologies and techniques in response to this type of an attack.
Topics to be covered (many topics will not be advertised or published):
1. Types and methods of attack
2. Attacker profiles
3. Basic response protocols
4. Medical concerns and evacuation
5. Much more

Each student will provide and need the following:
1. Pen, pencil and note-taking material
2. Your carry handgun
3. 150 rounds of ammo
4. Ear and eye protection
5. Your normal everyday clothes

Course length: 16 HOURS

IMTT will provide:
1. Training aids
2. Student handout booklets
3. Certificate of training to each student

Course cost: Payment for this course is $295.00 per person.

Instructor bio; our instructor is an honorably retired California state peace officer with 27 ½ years of service. He is certified under the “Department of Homeland security” as an “Active Shooter Response Instructor”. He served within the state of California “Emergency Operations Unit” collaterally assigned to the state capital. He honorably retired from the state of California as a SWAT Assault Team leader & SWAT Master instructor. He additionally served over 20 years in the US military, within the US Special Operations community. As well he is decorated and served in combat operations. He has worked under contract in the state of Israel, Guatemala, and Columbia, El Salvador and extensively throughout the European Union.

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Visualize Your Way to Shooting Success!

Visualization SageRange.com

In whatever endeavor you choose to partake in life, one of the critical components of success is visualization. Once you’ve made a decision to do something and the commitment and resolve to follow it through, persistence, constant practice, and seeking out those better than you are the other steps in the process towards mastery. Top Shot Champion Chris Chen talked about this when he came out to our Family Day event in April 2015.

Visualization and its other buzzwords (visioneering, acting as if you already have it, seeing is believing, etc.) are critical to your success in the shooting sports. This article will cover visualization in the context of shooting a USPSA stage, but you can apply the same method to 5-Stand, .22 Steel, 3-Gun, or any other types of matches.

Break a Stage Into a Series of Smaller Stages

When you shoot a stage in USPSA, break the stages into a series of mini-stages, by round count. So, if you are shooting Single Stack, Limited 10, Limited, Open, Revolver, or Production, break down the target arrays you are going to shoot into a series of reloads. If it’s a more complicated stage, then further break the stage down into a series of shooting arrays. This series of mini-stages in your head is a lot easier to hold and keep track of when you visualize how you are going to shoot it. Even if you mess up and miss a popper, at least your stages are now just a series of reloads or array of targets you have to shoot. If you think you might run out of ammunition at the next array, the easy fix is to reload as you move to the next array of targets.

Visualize yourself advancing onto a target cluster, your gun being lowered as you are about to stop in front of them. As you stop, you are already pointed in, your sight alignment, sight picture and trigger control already in place. Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!

Visualization SageRange.com

Now, move! Reload as you move. You are saving time by reloading on the move rather than getting there, then reloading. Remember that this sport is all about time and accuracy. The faster you are and the more accurate you are, the better you score.

While you are sprinting to the next target array, your gun is raised and directly in front of you. You use gravity to help lower your gun onto the targets as you execute the perfect sliding stop, your hands connecting in front of you, forming a good shooting triangle. Your sight picture, sight alignment, and trigger control is on par as you quickly pick up the pre-travel and fire a pair into each cardboard target.

But wait! You actually missed a pepper popper in the array and had to make up with several shots! You know you only have one in the chamber and you have to fire two more. The next array you have to run to only has 4 rounds. No matter. As you duck-walk backwards onto the next array, you execute a fluid 1.5-second reload, and deliver a pair into the last cardboard target. You are on your way out of that array anyway, and you know that as you move backwards and shoot, you are saving time.

Run!

Now, sprint! Run for dear life! Getting in that array, you already know that there is a no-shoot covering half the target from your walkthrough. The other target is half covered with hard cover. Your heart is racing a mile a minute. You know that by the time you get there, with your gun raised and poised in front of you to take advantage of gravity that your accuracy is starting to take a little dive. So, when you get to that array that requires just 4 rounds, you deliver the pair into the target that is half covered with a hardcover. You start to settle into your shooting stance and routine, now able to take care of the other target with the no-shoot covering it! Now, that’s smart!

You sprint to the next array, reloading as you run. This is very straight forward, with 4 fully-exposed cardboard targets and a popper in between. Eight rounds later, shooting from right to left, as this is the most fluid way, you connect with two paper, the popper, and the remaining two paper. The stage is finished!

Wake Up!

Suddenly, you are snapped out of your thoughts by the RO calling your name. You are the next shooter. The visualization exercise was so real that you can feel every muscle twitch, while you were running the stage in your head. Your breathing even quickens. Congratulation! This is the true success to visualization. You put yourself there before you ever get there. And you will get there as a result.

You take several deep breaths to calm down and relax, as you step up to the shooting line, more confident that you will shoot the stage well now that you’ve run over the scenario in your head several times, breaking up the stage into a series of mini-stages.

Relax. Enjoy. Have Fun!

While most people shoot purely for enjoyment and fun, some of us like to take it to the next level. Some of us take it a little too seriously sometimes. I’m just here to remind you that each of us are in a different place and different level. At the end of the day, you really are just competing against yourself.

These visualization skills can be applied to any other area of your life, like the promotion you wanted, the golf game you want to perfect, or your day at the race track.

If you can look back at yourself 6 months or a year from today and see a better version of yourself, then you really have something to be proud of. And while you’re on your way there, relax, enjoy and have fun. If you take yourself too seriously, you’re just going to make yourself and everyone else around you miserable.

Until next time, good shooting!

 

 

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Blowing up a Portal Turret!

Ever play the game Portal? Remember those turrets from the game? Ever wondered what a full-sized replica looks like?

Well, a few friends of my friend Gavin S. decided to do just that and build themselves a replica of the turret.

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During the past few years, this turret passed hands several times, until it ended with Gavin.

Well, this thing is fairly bulky and BIG. Gavin also needed space in his garage. What to do? What to do? So, he conferred with his friends.

Do they simply say toss it? Do they say that they want it back? Nope! The answer is even better. Being very good friends, and having spent a lot of time together, both on and off work hours, they decided to give the turret a final and memorable sendoff to mark the finale of a great era.

And what better way for a memorable sendoff than to blow it to smithereens with Tannerite!

3 Pounds of Tannerite

What do you get when you get three guys, a high-powered rifle, a isolated plot of desert, a giant turret, and some proclivity for some mischief? 3 words: Tan-ner-ite!

So, we decided to go on a secret mission to blow up the turret at an undisclosed, highly secretive location, just outside of Inyokern, CA and 1.75 miles west on Witnick and Brown Rd . We set up a few cameras fairly close to the turret to cover the mayhem (and because Gavin’s friends wanted to see the end result). We then took cover a safe way back, at 400 yards.

What follows is a video of this explosive sendoff! Enjoy!

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Newsletter (6/30/2015)

Precision Rifle Match Results

Results from this past Sunday’s Precision Rifle Match have been posted!


Happy July 4th!

Did you know that on July 4th, 1826, US patriots and former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died within hours apart of each other?

At the age of 90, as the country celebrated Independence Day, Adams laid on his deathbed. His last words were that Jefferson still survives. Sadly, he was mistaken. Five hours later, Jefferson passes at his estate in Monticello at the age of 82.

At the age of 33, but with not the reputation or experience to match that of Adams and Franklin, Thomas Jefferson reluctantly took the responsibility to author the Declaration of Independence. He thought that Adams was a more fitting man. Yet, Adams was known a great orator but Jefferson was known as an excellent writer. So, 5 committee members selected him to author the article.

The thing that bugged Jefferson the most as he sat down to pen this historic document was the number of flies buzzing around, distracting him from this momentous task.

A Serious Decision The men who signed the Declaration of Independence essentially signed their own arrest and execution warrants. Imagine the stress that must have hung over these men, who knew they must succeed in the fight for Independence or face the deadly prospect of being drawn and quartered!

As you enjoy the July 4th festivities, please give thanks to the many freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in this country.


No Scheduled Matches This Weekend

As the .22 Steel falls on this Saturday, July 4th, there will be NO match. Have a wonderful Independence Day with family and friends.

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6 Ways to Make Your Range Trip More Comfortable

Range Monkey-SageRange.com
Range Monkey-SageRange.com
Me contemplating all those years out on the range

Having been a range monkey for years now and shooting predominately pistols, I have spent many hours out on the open range of a desert environment, exposed to various elements, like the extreme hot, wind, cold, and even snow. Over the years, I have found some things work better than others in increasing creature comfort. While “roughing it” may sound like the macho thing to do, I’d rather be comfortable. Besides, a simple cut or a bruised finger from constantly reloading magazines only add to the misery and compound the effect. So, why choose to be miserable when you can do something about it? At the end of the day, you will still be cold, tired, and sore. But if you can alleviate some of it, then you should. Here are some things I have found works well.

Handwarmers Rock!

I finally arrived at Front Sight in Pahrump, NV, after dark. At the start of the drive in Ridgecrest, it had just started snowing. It would keep snowing for the next several hours while I was on the road.

After grabbing a quick bite to eat at the hotel, I bedded down in my hotel room for the night. Looking out the window one last time, it was still snowing. When I woke up the next morning, there was about 2 inches on snow covering my car. I knew that it would be a long, chilly day. Yet, having gone through this type of weather in the past for a 4-day handgun class at Frontsight, I was prepared this time.

Zippo Handwarmer-SageRange.comI brought my Zippo Handwarmer, powered by Zippo lighter fluid. On a full tank, this thing lasts about 12 hours. Tucked in a pouch to help prevent burning the skin as it burns quite hot, this little handwarmer felt quite good in the chilly desert. Along with dressing in a Merino wool and several layers of clothing, I was also wearing a wool blend under my pants. The highs for the day would be about 50 F. But at least I could stave off the bitter cold long enough for us to reconvene back in the classroom, where it was nice and warm.

In this type of weather, we are playing a calorie deficiency game. With three primary ways to stay warm (eat so as to generate warmth; trap the warmth generated by your body with clothing; or use an external heat source such as a hand warmer or even a propane heater, which someone in our squad did bring and share), it’s important to conserve as much heat as possible or risk hypothermia. When I had lunch, I opted to load up on as many calories as I could. Besides, it felt good to be human again.

Keep some food and water in your range bag. You will be glad you have it, especially when you start to feel run down and cold. Start consuming those calories to get the noggin going again and your fingers nimble.

Wear a Baseball Cap and Sunglasses

Sometimes, the sun is in the sky just right that it creates a glare in your sunglasses, making it hard to see. These times, a baseball cap helps greatly in keeping that sun off your glasses, which will in turn prevent the glare from even occurring. Of course, if you’re spending hours to days shooting in the desert then you will want to wear polarizied and UV coated sunglasses to keep that harmful UV light out of your eyes.

Dress in Layers

Snow-SageRange.comThough this should be obvious advice to people used to freezing climates, it was not so obvious to a Bay Area boy like me. I quickly discovered that cotton is lousy at maintaining warmth, especially when you start to sweat. Wool is able to soak up as much as 30 percent of its own weight and still maintain warmth. Plus, wool does not stink anywhere as bad as cotton does from your perspiration. Even though it’s a bit pricey, I suggest wool over silk or synthetics. Blends of polyester and wool seem to work well, too.

For freezing weather, I like to wear merino wool as a base layer, followed by another wool layer, such as a lightweight wool sweater or a cotton shirt. Depending on how cold it gets, I may wear another layer, though I have found that with movement I tend to sweat rather heavily and get hot quickly. So, a jacket, preferably a waterproof windbreaker with zippers on the sides and arms to vent heat usually works best.

Because you are handing a firearm, it’s best to wear thin gloves in order to maintain finger dexterity. You can also purchase hand liners to go on the inside of your gloves, though it tends to decrease dexterity.

Cold and Windy

Scarf Shemagh-SageRange.comWhat was once considered a fashion statement within the domain of special forces is now within your grasp. I’m talking about the shemagh.

I found them useful when it is very windy and somewhat cold out at Sage. I wear it as a bandana to keep my face warm and the sand out of my mouth. The shemagh also acts as a shield, keeping me from getting sandblasted. In this type of environment, the wind will rapidly wick the moisture from your breath so that it does not get wet, which would have otherwise left you cold and miserable.

In the freezing cold, though, you might consider a wool scarf instead. I have tried wearing a shemagh as a scarf and a face warmer in the snow, when it was snowing, and found them to be of limited utility. The problem is they are typically made from cotton and cotton sucks when it gets wet. In fact, more often than not, I found that as a face-warmer a shemagh is just useless once the moisture from your breath gets it wet. It now just feels miserable. What was once your ally is now your enemy, that wet piece of cotton acting as a giant conductor, stealing precious heat from your body.

Summer Heat

In the summer heat of 105+ F, I use a shemagh as a wet rag, wearing it around my neck to keep cool. You can also drape it over your head so that it acts as an impromptu evaporative cooler.

Double-Up on Hearing!

Electronic Earmuffs-SageRange.comMost humans are instinctively terrified of loud noises. This is a survival mechanism from our cavemen days, employed to save us from the growl of a lion, tiger, or bear that might have otherwise had us for dinner.

So, too, should you double up on your hearing. I wear ear plugs on top of electronic muffs. I find the combination to save me from noise fatigue, especially when you are standing next to other shooters for the next 4 days of training. The electronic muffs make it possible to still hear other people and carry conversations or observe range commands. Sometimes, too, electronic muffs do not provide a good seal around your ear. The ear plugs act as a tertiary hearing protection device. Or, if your electronic muffs provide a good seal, you can always pull your ear plugs out a little to allow more sound to enter your ear. The benefits of wearing both are obvious, more so when you have to RO an Open USPSA shooter with a compensator shooting within a confined space, like our saloon stage.

 

Ear Plugs SageRange.com
Surefire Defender Ear Plugs

I like the Surefire EP3 Defenders. They last about 6-months with constant use (the plastic starts to wear down and get stiff over time). There’s also a lanyard that connects the two plugs together, making it less likely that you will lose them. That way, when you want a break, you can just remove the plugs and keep them hanging from around your neck without worrying about losing them. Note the extra plug hanging off the opposite end that enters your ear canal keeps or allows extra sound to enter your ear canal.

I used to hang my ear muffs off a carabiner-like clip in the small of my back when they start to pinch my ears and start to hurt. These days, I just either hang them off my magazines on my belt or keep them on around the base of my neck. The reason for this is purely practical: It’s rather hard to manipulate a clip when my hands are cold, and now I have to play the dexterity game, potentially twisting my back out of shape in trying to clip or unclip those electronic earmuffs. Now, my back is hurting on top of being cold and shivering me timbers. So, it’s purely a practical reason why I no longer use a carabiner-like clip.

 

 

 

Save Your Fingers Today. Fight Tomorrow.

Ever tried to load a Glock or Springfield XD magazine with your fingers? At around the 7th of 10 rounds, things start to get tough. Really tough. You have to really push down on the rounds to get the 7th and 8th ones to fit. Forget about the 9th and 10th rounds. It’s almost impossible. Now, imagine doing this all day long for the next several days. By the end of day 1 or 2, your fingers will likely be sore and you will no longer feel like shooting anymore.

Of course, like all things, there’s a tool for that!

Maglula Uplula-SageRange.com

Welcome the Maglula Uplula universal magazine reloader (9 mm to 45 ACP). This little baby has saved more fingers than the el cheapo loaders that come with your guns. And the best part is that it’s universal! It works with all handgun magazines. Some of the magazines I’ve used the loader on are the Glock 23, 34 and 35 ; 1911; Springfield XD .40; Kahr PM40 (subcompact carry gun); and the Sig Sauer P238.

Competition-Style Kydex Holsters Are King

IWB 1911 Holster-SageRange.com
You would think this rig would be very comfortable, but imagine leather rubbing on your skin every time you unholster or reholster. Even if you rest your undershirt in between your own skin and this cow skin, you still get rubbed raw!

At my first 4-day beginner defensive handgun course, we were going through the motions of presenting our holstered handguns, firing a pair, then re-holstering. This occurred hundreds of times a day, each day, for 4 days. I was shooting a 1911 and wearing a IWB leather holster. Towards the end of the third day, I was rubbed raw. Who knew that leather could be that unpleasant! I started to complain about the discomfort. Strangely enough, my friend knew where I was coming from, having experienced the same unpleasantness himself. Luckily for me, he was a able to get me a free holster and belt loaner from the Pro Shop. It was a Kydex holster.

Of course, the other things is that the closer the holster is to your body, the more you have to contort yourself to get to your gun. Do this many, many times and soon you start feeling sore. Again, it’s the little things that add up to make your time out on the range either pleasant or miserable. You choose.

You don’t know what works you’ve tried it yourself. With an infinite number of gear out there, you have to try it yourself rather than take someone’s word for it.
What fits one person well may not necessarily work for another. This is a process of trial-and-error, though you can limit the number of trials you put yourself through by reading other people’s opinion of what worked for them and what didn’t.

Glock 35 Kydex Holster- SageRange.comAs soon as I strapped on that baby and unholstered, the difference was night and day! These OWB Kydex holsters have a spacer that offsets the holster from the body. So, no rubbing takes place during the act of presenting one’s firearm or re-holstering. It was also much easier to get to my gun, without having to play contortionist and potentially throwing out my back or pulling a muscle.

Leather holsters also tend to pancake, making a return with your gun, still loaded, somewhat of a pain. Now, you have to take your support hand to open the holster, on top of being mindful of that muzzle. Kydex retains its shape. I was instantly sold that Kydex is the way to go. I would go on to own 6 more Kydex holsters after this, all for either range use or concealment.

 

Crossbreed Supertuck-SageRange.com
Crossbreed Supertuck. This is a leather and Kydex hybrid. Very comfortable when carrying your gun all day long, for the times when you need deep concealment.

Concealment holsters have their own place and should stay off the range if you are expected to un-holster and re-holster your firearm numerous times. For these times, I highly suggest competition-style kydex holsters. Now, I know what you are thinking: I should be wearing the holster I intend to carry my gun. After all, are you not taking a defensive handgun course, Mr. Author?

While that may be true and in general a good idea, I advocate comfort in this case. You can always dry practice at home with the holster you intend to carry. Or, find another day when you will only spend a few hours out at Sage. Or, you can bring both your concealment rig and your competition holster rig, swapping out one for the other as times permits. Remember that I didn’t actually start feeling rubbed raw until about the third day. The thing here is to increase your level of comfort so that you can actually make it through a multi-day class. Remember that any little injury or misery you get on the range accumulates over time and only adds to your discomfort.

Wrapping It All Up

So, the next time you are about to take a multi-day firearms training class or just spend a couple of hours out at the range, in the damp and the cold and the snow, keep this advice in mind. I’ve suffered through many of these scenarios so that you can spare yourself some of the same misery. The littlest things–a sore finger or a cold neck–adds up over time to compound your misery. So, you too can increase your level of comfort by making these little tweaks yourself.

Epilogue: I still remember that 2-day class, spending about 7 hours each day in the snow and freezing cold. By the time I left Front Sight to go home, I was cold, tired, miserable, and worse for the wear. I stopped by iHop on the way home for my evening repast. You know those brown thermos that they serve coffee in? It never tasted so good in my life. I finished off the whole thing by myself!

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Stop California Senate Bill 347!

Author: Sen. Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

This bill would add to the list of misdemeanors for which there would be a 10-year prohibition, including misdemeanor offenses of violating the 10-year prohibition on possessing a firearm specified above, transferring a firearm without a firearms license, selling or giving possession of ammunition to a minor, selling handgun ammunition to a person under 21 years of age, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, furnishing ammunition to a person prohibited from possessing ammunition, carrying ammunition onto school grounds, petty theft of a firearm, receiving stolen property consisting of a firearm, carrying a loaded or concealed weapon if the person has been previously convicted of a crime against a person or property, or of a narcotics or dangerous drug violation, or if the firearm is not registered.

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Survey Says…

Several month ago, I posted a survey to gauge the readership and membership of Sage Shooting Facility. The purpose of the survey was to find out how to better serve our club members. Several months later and many responses, here are the results. I think they should interest everyone.

The results of this survey will also be announced in our newsletter, where our Sage volunteers will hear about it and be able to examine the results themselves.

Total Number of respondents: 26

What is your age?

Respondents: 24  Skipped: 2

This question is to gauge the age range of our members as well as think of ways in which we can increase our membership. As you can see, the majority of respondents were aged 25 to 34, followed by 55 to 64. Several factors could come into play to explain this statistical spread. People aged 25 to 34 tend to have more disposal income, as starting a family may not yet on their minds. The second group, aged 55 to 64, may be seeing their children just finishing college so they informally got a pay raise and extra income on which to spend on extracurricular activities. Or, they may just new retirees.

18 to 24
0.00%
0

25 to 34
33.33%
8

35 to 44
4.17%
1

45 to 54
20.83%
5

55 to 64
29.17%
7

65 to 74
12.50%
3

75 or older
0.00%
0

 

What is your approximate average household income?

Respondents: 22  Skipped: 4

I ask this question because I was curious if the cost of entry into gun ownership is higher these days. Excessive legislation has increased the cost of guns, as manufacturers need to make sure they can pay their lawyers or be in compliance with laws. This in turn makes it cost-prohibitive for new people to start this sport. Of course, other factors could also come into play, which is why follow-up questions are so important. For instance, another reason why entry into the shooting sports is high could be the simple reason that folks want to enter the sport but don’t know what they don’t know. Community events, such as Family Day, are important for this reason. This is a risk-free, supportive, low-cost environment to introduce people who are new to guns and for which a gun is a total mystery to them but are still interested in seeing what shooting is really all about.

$0-$24,999
4.55%
1

$25,000-$49,999
18.18%
4

$50,000-$74,999
18.18%
4

$75,000-$99,999
18.18%
4

$100,000-$124,999
22.73%
5

$125,000-$149,999
4.55%
1

$150,000-$174,999
9.09%
2

$175,000-$199,999
0.00%
0

$200,000 and up
4.55%
1

 

This is a good sign, as it shows that gun ownership and entry into the shooting sports is still affordable and approachable for the majority of people. Of course the results could be a tad skewed as this survey was electronically generated and completed, which could mean that respondents are more likely to be tech-savvy, which in turn means that they are likely to have a higher disposal income. Again, a simple question in a survey should always be taken with a grain of salt, with a multitude of other factors considered.

What type of articles would you be interested in seeing? Select all that apply.

Respondents:24  Skipped: 2

Now, we get to the meat of the survey. What are people interested in when we have a community blog that covers the shooting sports and community activism? What do they want to see?

How to improve my skills at shooting competitively
29.17%
7

How to improve my skills and tactics with defensive firearms
41.67%
10

How to improve my mind game in the sport of competitive shooting
16.67%
4

How to improve my mind game in defensive firearms
12.50%
3

I don’t read your articles.
12.50%
3

How to shoot a handgun better.
50.00%
12

How to shoot a long gun better.
54.17%
13

More articles on what’s happening within the shooting community of Indian Wells Valley
66.67%
16

How to improve my hunting
8.33%
2

Other (please specify) Mute pictures on the articles please
4.17%
1

 

The majority of respondents want to learn how to improve their shooting skills in one form or another (shooting long guns and handguns both competitively and defensively). While I strive to teach what I know, I only know so much and in very particular fields.

If you are an avid shooter and consider yourself an expert, or if you just want to provide your own viewpoints on how you become a great shooter, I welcome you to write articles for Sage so as to share your knowledge with the rest of the community!

It’s all a matter of perspective and what one person says will click with one reader better than another. It really helps to read about the same thing from differing perspectives. Again, I always welcome new content creators that can shed new light or say things a different way, coming from different backgrounds that other readers can relate to more.

If you do not currently shoot in any of our matches, why? Select all that apply.

Respondents: 11 Skipped: 15

The number of respondents to this question was only 11, with 15 opting to skip answering it, making it statistically insignificant. It, nevertheless, is included here for completeness’ sake.

I have no interest in shooting matches.
9.09%
1

I have no time to shoot matches.
9.09%
1

I get too nervous to shoot in matches.
27.27%
3

It is too expensive for me to get started.
18.18%
2

The times in which the matches are scheduled conflict with existing obligations.
45.45%
5

I would prefer if someone showed me the how to shoot in these types of matches first.
36.36%
4

 

What other types of matches would you like to see at Sage?

Respondents: 10  Skipped: 16

This is an open-ended question, which likely explains why the number of respondents dropped significantly. It looks like the ten respondents who answered would like to see more fun matches or just 3-gun matches in general. Please note that with some of the comments requesting more of a different type of match, or even a new type of match, that this is limited by the volunteers in the club. What I am saying is that if you would like to see more of a certain type of match, please don’t be shy and volunteer to run them! Sage is an 100% all-volunteer organization and we can always use new volunteers to run matches and make our shoots even more interesting.

  • 3 Gun
  • More long range shoots
  • Are there youth matches? I have not seen them listed
  • 3 gun just like the uspsa matches we have now but in a 3 gun format
  • More fun shoots, not just tactical stuff.
  • I would like to see tactical carbine matches more regularly along with long range matches.
  • 3 gun, tactical shotgun
  • I think you guys do a great job with all the matches. There really is sonthing for everyone!
  • 3 gun, steel challenge, master marksmen, like the one for Father’s Day a few years back
  • Metallic silhouette

What can we do better? Select all that apply.

Respondents: 18  Skipped: 8

Here, we ask you the member what we can do better. Here is what you said.

Release match results in a timely fashion.
16.67%
3

Start matches on time.
22.22%
4

Reduce match fees.
11.11%
2

Provide more help for newbies at your matches.
5.56%
1

Make newbies feel more welcomed at your matches.
5.56%
1

Things are great just the way they are!
44.44%
8

Other (please specify)
33.33%
6

The responses in the Other field are as follows:

  • I think everyone makes new people feel welcome. Great job!
  • My only complaint is that the matches are held on weekends, and all or most people only have the weekend to use the range. I am a member that just wants to use the range for my own thing. Maybe the matches could be only on a Sat or a Sun. this would let the others whom do not race, get use on a weekend too. This might even help with the overload that the 20 people whom do all the work, get stuck with.
  • More pictures on the articles please
  • More steel torso pistol targets. Longer range gongs for rifle shooting. 200-600 yards.
  • Ron Frey should be nicer and less pushy.
  • Last match I shot it took two weeks to release results that was last time I was there

Range Use on the Weekends

For the people who would like to use the range on the weekends, as it is their only free time (hey, we all have to work for a living after all, so I understand completely), I would like to point out that for most matches, save the long-distance rifle matches (400+ yards), there will always be 3 or 4 bays open. Our matches typically occupy up to 5 bays, and we have 10 bays. On rare occasions, we do take up a 6th bay.

You are, of course, more than welcomed to shoot in these free bays during these times!

Match Results Taking Too Long to Be Released

We also apologize for the match results sometimes taking a long time to be released. We are trying our best to do better.

We have gone to electronic scoring for both our .22 Steel and USPSA matchs in order for match results to be released on the fly; basically, as soon as the last shooter is done shooting. Yet, because the same person is responsible for their maintenance and scoring, he does have a high tendency to get burned out. For instance, at our March 2015 USPSA match, we had to score the match with paper because we did not have the iPads because the person responsible was not at the match. As a result, Scott Hayman and Ron Frey have decided that the iPads will be stored at Frey’s Gun  Shop, where they will be 100% accessible. They also intend to train up other volunteers on their use.

This will greatly help alleviate the pressure from that one individual who is currently responsible for them.

Happy With Things the Way They Are
I was also glad to see that 8 people are happy with things the way they are. While I am happy with things the way they currently are, I am dissatisfied, too.

Let me explain. You can be happy with something but also be dissatisfied at the same time. It is dissatisfaction that motivates and moves us to want better things and to improve upon the current situation. After all, it was dissatisfaction that paved the way to the light bulb, motor vehicles, and smartphones.

In the same vein, dissatisfaction moves us to make Sage Shooting Facility, already a great club into an even greater club.

Make It Great

In closing, we appreciate the folks who took the time to fill out the survey and provide their feedback. Over the months, we will incorporate some of these suggestions so to make Sage one hell of a great place.

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USPSA: Why It’s Important to Have Reliability Over Accuracy

gun reliability over accuracy

gun reliability over accuracyOne topic that generates comments from time to time at our shoots consistently is the importance of reliability over accuracy. A lot of shooters want a truly accurate firearm. Yet, with accuracy often comes the penalty of reliability. In order to achieve a high level of accuracy and precision, these guns tend to have tighter tolerances, which means they malfunction more often than their less pricey counterparts.

In USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) type matches, reliability trumps accuracy. Scoring is a combination of speed and accuracy. Yet, when the A-zone, the highest scoring region on a cardboard target, is about 8 inches in diameter we can get by with a lower level of accuracy.

uspsa cardboard target

Malfunctions of any type cost you precious time. A close examination of the hit factor, which is simply the total stage points divided by time, shows that the both time and accuracy matter.:

stage_points / time

10 points/10 sec = 1 hit factor

10 points/9 sec = 1.11 hit factor

9 points/10 sec = 0.9 hit factor

So, you can see that missing the mark or taking too long costs you in hit factor.

Most modern handguns are capable of hitting the A-Zone at a standard engagement distance of 25 feet consistently, even with lousy bullets. Next time you head out to the range and practice on a plate rack, consider this. The minimum safe engagement distance for steel is 25 feet. The diameter of a plate is 8-inches, about the same width as the A-Zone on a USPSA cardboard target. So, if you are able to engage the plates quickly then you will be able to engage the A-Zones quickly.

How to Find a Reliable Firearm

The Internet abounds with information on the hundreds of thousands of rounds fired through many different types of guns as well as how many times they malfunctioned. Because of the ready prevalence of information on this subject, I suggest a search with your favorite search engine.

That being said, I prefer the late model guns, such as Glocks or Springfield XDs, They run super-reliable and with very little hiccups, unlike some of the more expensive and finicky firearms, like the 1911s-style handguns. You can literally drop a Glock magazine into the desert dirt and reuse it without having to break out the magazine brush and dismantle the magazine, a frequent sight with some of the more expensive and higher-tolerance firearms. In fact, I remember only having to clean my Glock magazines once a year. And this is coming from a guy who used to shoot at least 3 matches a month for a year straight!

Malfunctions, Oh My!

You should still learn how to clear malfunctions, if even from the comfort of your home, using inert ammunition and against a good backstop! They can and will happen. You will want to learn how to quickly clear a malfunction and move on. I have frequently seen many shooters become quite flustered whenever a malfunction occurs. Subsequently, they lose track of what they were doing on a stage, re-engaging a target previous shot, walking past a target without engaging it, or giving up outright!

But think about this. What do you think will happen when you make it a habit to give up at the first sign of difficulty at a match? That’s right. Give up clearing a malfunction on the range and you will give up in a real gunfight. A habit is a habit is a habit. I frequently encourage people to clear the malfunction because if you develop this habit of giving up during a drill or just a stage, you will give up in real life. Drill these habits into you. They will also save your life in a real gunfight, which I hope you will never find yourself in.

Choose Reliability Over Accuracy!

So, the next time a burgeoning newbie just getting into the exciting world USPSA asks you what type of handgun they should purchase, suggest recommending reliability over accuracy! Again, the Internet contains a multitude of information on this subject. Your local gun store, especially one with in-house gunsmithing service, will also be knowledgeable in this field.

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Do This One Thing Just Before the Timer Goes

There is one very important thing you should do just before the timer goes off. You know…that pivotal moment when you bring your gun out of its holster or from the low ready into play.

It’s this: Relax.

That’s it. Relax your shoulders, your arms, and your hands. Many shooters tense up bad just when the RO issues those scary commands: Shooter ready. Standby. *BEEP!* Then you see this cascade of events:

The muscles relax, because you cannot use your muscles to move your hands and arms into your shooting position without first relaxing then contracting them again.

So, do yourself a favor: Relax your muscles just before the timer goes off so you can contract them and move into your shooting position. This includes your core, your legs, and your feet! It will also minimize some of the muscle tremors you get from having contract your muscles too long, a bad thing when you are just about to shoot.